Information About the Principality
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What is the
Principality of Nova Arcadia is a model country project that does not
currently claim any territorial holdings, yet reserves the right to do
so. It was founded as a peaceful schism from the Free Territory of
Ely-Chatelaine, a Monarchist-Libertarian model country project, on 1
April 1995. Presently, the Principality functions as a
Government-At-Large, There are presently a total of six people involved
in the operations of the Royal Court. They may be contacted by e-mail sent directly to the
The name is taken from Latin:Does Nova Arcadia belong to any micronation groups?<
"Nova" meaning "new",
"Arcadia" meaning "unspoiled land".
(This has no relation to the Greek
island of Arcadia, nor the Portuguese region also known as "Nova
Nova Arcadia is a member of The League of Monarchist States.
Does Nova Arcadia recognize any other micronations?
Nova Arcadia officially recognizes (and is recognized by):
The Kingdom of Falkenberg
the Republic of Eslo.
Diplomatic relations are currently being negotiated with:
The Serene Principality of Monastico
What about noble titles? How are they
Noble titles are available, but are not for sale. They must be earned by personal
achievement, or by service to either the Principality or society at
large.What does the Principality stand
The basic principals
behind the formation of the Principality are as follows:
return to the chivalry, grace and pagentry of the older orders, without
their oppression, hardships and ignorance.What does the flag look like? And what about
- A noble order based on
accomplishment and merit, instead of wealth and influence.
based on tutoring and experience, and not by repitition and rote.
Arts and craftsmanship brought to and kept at a high standard.
economy based on the principles of sustainable consumption.
Recognition of the inherant value of each person as an individual.
The determination of each person to accept full responcibility for their
actions, as well as the effects and repricussions of their actions.
A public media that functions as a source of reliable information and
cultural enrichment, instead of hearsay, innuendo, and
constitution, seals and other ephemera are presently being
constructed and designed. The flag is a horizontal tri-color of green, white and purple, and can be seen on the members page of the League of Monarchist States website.Who is the Head of the
Head-of-State is Steven F. Scharff
acting as HRH Prince
He also has his own personal website.Do you issue
postage stamps, and how are they used?
And what about a
have been printed for the Principality.
For a First Day Cover, send a
business sized SASE or 2 IRC's to:
International Agency for the
Principality of Nova Arcadia
c/o Post Office Box 90302
NV 89009-0302 USA
Unfortunately, their status for postage is,
currently, that of "artistamps" or "postoids" (for decoration use only).
This category of stamps is also known as "Cinderellas". (The
name is an inside joke among stamp collectors. The issuing party or
country is "gone by midnight".)
A proposed currency is the Nova
Arcadian Ducat, which would be equal to 100 Centimes, and linked to the
United States (USA) Dollar.How would the
Principality stand on some controvercial
CONTRACEPTION, BIRTH CONTROL-Since any law that restricts
the functions of the human body is tantamount to the state claiming title
(ownership) of the human body (i.e.: slavery), the right of reproductive
choice is recognized.DIVORCE, MARRIAGE, SEXUAL
PREFERENCE-Divorce is legal, since not all marriages are
done in foresight.
-Marriages that are considered non-traditional
(polygamous, same-sex, etc.) are registered as "Chartered Domestic
Partnerships" (CDP) and are given full legal representation and
responsibility as a conventional marriage. However, all parties involved
must file pre-nuptual agreements before the Charter can be
-The legal age of marriage is 18 years.
relationships between legal adults of the same gender are
PORNOGRAPHY-The private use of alcohol, tobacco and
cannabis is legal for those who have reached the legal drinking age (18
years). So-called "hard drugs" are legal, but their sale is restricted
and heavily taxed, and all users must register with local medical
-The possession of pornographic materials is legal among
adults, but the sale and display is restricted. Sale, possession,
importation and distrubution of sexually explicit materials depicting
minors is prohibited.TAXATION-A
National Sales Tax is in place instead of a Personal Income
Tax.VOTING AND NATIONAL SERVICE-All
citizens 18 years and older are eligible to vote. The vote is denied to
prisoners, the insane, and non-citizen residents.
-Two years of
National Service is required from every native-born Nova Arcadian. Should
military service be objected to, non-military service (forestry,
construction, medical service, etc.) is available. However, five days of
National Defense training is required of all citizens, both native-born
and naturialized.FIREARM OWNERSHIP, CIVIL
DEFENSE-Private ownership of firearms is permitted, but
requires firearms training as well as liability insurance.
firearm owners must be willing to answer to any call to National Defense
at any time.
-"Concealed carry" permits (to legally carry a loaded
firearm on one's person in public) is granted by the County
-Private standing armies are prohibited.
must operate as an official governmental function of the jurisdiction
they protect.GAMBLING-Legal adults may
wager openly on professional sporting events at registered wagering
offices. Casino gambling is legal, but free-standing gambling machines
(ie: video poker machines in shopping centers) are
prohibited.RELIGION-While the Prince
also serves as the High Priest of the Church of Nova Arcadia, citizens
are free to worship as they see fit, as long as their actions do not
violate any laws. There is no "official" religion.
organizations must register with the government in order to qualify for
tax-exempt status.OTHER INFORMATION-The
official system of measurement is Metric.
-Motor vehicle operator
permits are available to those of 17 years of age, but Restricted Use
Permits (RUP) may be granted to those as young as 15 years if hardship
can be proven.How do I go about starting my own
And has anyone successfully carried it
A good place to start is the Micronation and Sovereignty Website index which list many micronations. You can read about one of the most
"successful" micronation project, the Principality of Sealand,
located on an off-shore platform outside of Britian's territorial
waters. While Sealand has yet to be recognized by other "established'
countries, it's founder Paddy Roy Bates (HRH Prince Roy) does have some
valid legal claims.
There have also been some attempts of
"micro-independence" among the "Patriot" community of the USA, such as
of Texas and Justus Township, both
of which were based on very dubious legal claims, mostly found within the
common law and "sovereign (or state)
Citizen (sic)" movements. Both of these attempts ended in arrests and
near-disasterous confrontations with law enforcement.
There is also a book entitled How to Start
Your Own Country, written by Erwin S. Strauss and originially published by
Loompanics Unlimited (and now being published by Breakout Publications), which has become an unofficial "bible" of the
There is another book published in France, Le Estat, C'est Moi,
and it will be listed here when it is published in English.Is there
a name for the study of
frequently used is "micropatriology".What would be the
country's three letter abbreviation
(for those oval stickers on the
backs of cars)?
(for "Principality of Nova Arcadia")
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